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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Ohio?

Under the regulations, enacted on June 8, 2016, Ohio opened its doors to medical marijuana businesses. The regulations of this measure have provisions for these businesses:

    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary
    • Medical Marijuana Cultivation
    • Medical Marijuana Processing
    • Medical Marijuana Testing

Regulatory oversight is shared among three agencies: The Department of Commerce oversees cultivators and testing labs, The Board of Pharmacy oversees the patient registry and dispensaries; and the State Medical Board of Ohio, oversees the physicians who prescribe medical marijuana.

Currently, the state is not open to new medical marijuana businesses. If you want to be first in line for when licensing reopens, keep reading below for steps you need to work on right now.

Not Sure Where or How To Begin?

You need to be taking care of a bunch of critical pieces right now in order to be ready for licensing. Grab our Starter Package for insider details about everything you should be doing at this very moment that no one will tell you about. (Hint: It’s a lot.)

What can I do right now?

To get ahead and be prepared for when the state re-opens the program, you should:

  • Read through the regulations.
  • If you're unsure about what do after reading the regulations, grab our Starter Package to give you a detailed rundown of everything you need to do right now to get your business going.
  • If you'll need investors or partners, put together a Business Plan, as they'll definitely ask to see one.

    How To Open a Dispensary in Ohio

    Until the state re-opens their program for licensing, these are the general steps to follow in setting up your dispensary business. Some of these can be taken care of now, which would allow you to get a head-start on the process.

    1. Read through our Starter Package to figure out what your city will require for licensing and the boatload of other to-do items to have in place prior to submitting your application for licensing.
    2. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
    3. Create your Marijuana Dispensary Business Plan.
    4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
    5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
    6. Contract with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

    How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in Ohio

    Same as Dispensary steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them.

      How To Start a Marijuana Processing in Ohio

      Same as Dispensary steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries to provide your products to customers as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you, if you don't want to do it yourself. 

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